3rd-year student, Bachelor of Business in Finance
AUT has many opportunities and student services that help students make the most of their degree, says Emilly Liang who is in the final year of a Bachelor of Business in Finance, with minors in Accounting and Information Systems.
“The biggest challenge for me has always been finding my direction, especially as a Bachelor of Business can open up so many pathways. Fortunately, AUT has career fairs and events where you can meet and learn from those in the industry. It made me realise that I want a career in the finance industry, and would really love to work overseas a little later down the line.
“The students and staff at AUT are friendly and happy to help. I also appreciate that AUT’s business degree includes workplace experience at the end of my studies. I’m confident that AUT was the right decision for me.”
Experiencing different cultures
Going on a one-semester student exchange to Hong Kong has been the highlight of her studies so far, says Emilly who received a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship to support her studies, as well as a Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia to fund her student exchange.
“I went to City University of Hong Kong for one semester. I was also lucky enough to travel to nearby countries like Taiwan, Cambodia, Thailand and South Korea during my student exchange.”
Her student exchange exceeded all her expectations.
“I learned a lot about different cultures and made friends from all around the world. I was also honoured to be living in Hong Kong during a historic time of pro-democratic movement. It was a very special experience; something I’ll remember for a long time. I couldn’t recommend AUT’s student exchange programme enough.”
Advice for other students
Expecting to complete her degree later this year, Emilly has some great advice for other students.
“Make the most of your time at AUT and open yourself up to as many opportunities as you can – you never know what you might get out of it. If you have the opportunity to complete a semester abroad, I would 100% recommend it.”
Don’t be afraid to ask for help, she adds.
“You’d be surprised how friendly people are and how willing they are to help you.”